Sometimes you just need space for your soul to breathe. Space around the edges of your world to find meaning in the margins.
Your story matters. And not just the business part of your story. YOU matter. All parts of your story have a purpose as seasons ebb and flow through your life. Confession (you probably won’t be surprised at): I’m kind of an abysmal “business-only” blogger. I think that is partly because I don’t know anyone who is a “business-only” creative.
Creative practice is in its deepest places rooted in our souls. The part of us that is breath and life. The part that is so easily silenced and bruised and pushed aside in the hustle of chasing success.
I have tried to stay topically-focused on my “business expertise,” but the farther out I get on this journey the more I realize that it’s a small piece of a larger conversation we so desperately need to have.
There are many, many incredible business bloggers out there with specific treasure troves of expertise for creative entrepreneurs these days. I’ll be introducing you to some of my favorites in the days and months ahead because friends share awesome finds with friends, right?
These last 2 weeks I let my personal deadlines slide just a bit. Things were shifting around me and in me and I knew instead of ignoring or fighting that fact, I needed to lean into it and let it take me places I probably could not get to any other way. The ongoing brain injury effects have mandated I prioritize soul care as a survival skill. You could also use the term self-care depending on what words you prefer.
Beloved, your business will not fall to pieces because you choose to nurture your own heart. In fact, nurturing your heart may be the only way your business ever becomes fully what it is meant to be. If we don’t make space to breathe, we risk our business worlds suffocating the life right out of us.
You are so much more than your numbers.
Making space can be as simple as giving yourself permission to move an internal deadline, take time to be with loved ones, watch a movie, take a nap, do what makes your heart come alive outside of your creative work. I am the worst simply because I LOVE what I do. So I totally get it.
Enter the pillow above with hand-lettered poetry on it. I saw a similar pillow concept several years ago that I loved the idea of. But not the mass-produced lettering (hey, I can name that font) or the price (expensive).
A few days ago I remembered the pillow and found the perfect pillow covers to write on with my India ink brush pen. It was all a bit of an experiment. And it turned out better than I could have hoped for. I smile every time I see it on my bed.
It seems like such a small thing. But it became a really simple way to bring deep amounts of life into my offline world. It reminds me to nurture my soul.
My question to you is, what one simple thing you can do to intentionally add an element of soul care to your world?
Write it down and schedule it into your calendar so that it actually happens. Because you, my friend, are worth taking care of.